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Education and Career Guidance

What is Education and Career Guidance (ECG)?

Education and Career Guidance (ECG) helps students make decisions based on their interests, abilities and passion, while considering current and future career opportunities. The students are encouraged to learn more about the world of work across different industries, and take positive steps to achieve their aspirations.

Why is ECG important?

ECG plays a critical role in preparing students for the world of work by preparing them with the skills to stay relevant in the global economy and lead purposeful lives. Research has shown that ECG programmes can help students make good education and career decisions, and positively impact their academic performance and well-being. 

What are the goals of ECG?

ECG encourages our students to develop aspirations and plan proactively for their future.

The goals of ECG are to:
  • Nurture students’ self-awareness, self-directedness and life skills to set viable goals, learn continually and value-add to their future workplace;
  • Help students explore and make informed decisions on education and career pathways;
  • Inculcate an appreciation for all types of careers and how they contribute to the well-functioning of society; and
  • Equip students with skills and means to positively engage their parents and other career influencers. 

What is our approach to ECG?

ECG lessons are conducted as a core guidance module under the Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) curriculum. Based on the ECG Developmental Model framework, the students will go through three progressive phases. 

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As developing self-identity is foundational to all three phases, it will involve the process of discovering one’s identity through clarification of interests and values, understanding one’s strengths, developing abilities, and formulating life roles in the context of one’s life experiences. All these work towards building social emotional competencies that help students become proactive, resilient and adaptable.

ECG programmes are carried out through a tiered support structure and a variety of platforms that include career talks and work experience programmes. Students can also benefit from additional one-on-one counselling with school counsellors, ECG teacher coordinators or form teachers. 

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ECG Curriculum (Key Programmes)

Sec 1 ECG Lessons        
Sec 2 ECG Lessons Normal Academic and Normal Technical Elective Modules (NAEM & NTEM)      
Sec 3 ECG Lessons Work Experience Programme Advanced Elective Modules (AEM) Customised Polytechnic Attachment Normal Academic and Normal Technical Elective Modules (NAEM & NTEM)
Sec 4/5 ECG Lessons Open House ECG Day (Career Ed. Talks/Fair)    


  • Elective Modules (EMs) were introduced to the N(T) students in 2005 and subsequently extended to N(A) students in 2006 to broaden the learning experiences of Normal Course students and to provide for their varied learning needs and styles. The design of EMs was meant to meet one or more of the following objectives:

    a.To extend and build on the learning objectives of existing N(A)/N(T) subjects;

    b.To introduce students to possible course of study in post-secondary education institutes (PSEIs); and

    c.To expose students to possible career paths.

  • Education and Career Guidance (ECG) Day serves to create a platform, within our school, for all Polytechnics, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and LASALLE College of the Arts to set up a booth to present information about their institutions to the students. Information about Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE), Direct School Admission–Junior Colleges (DSA–JC), Direct Polytechnic Admission (DPA) exercise, Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) and Direct-Entry-Scheme into Polytechnic Programme (DPP) is also shared. Apart from the career education talks, a few alumni will share about their post-secondary learning experiences in the Junior Colleges and Polytechnics. Through this programme, our graduating students get to explore their post-secondary options with an informed mind with guidance from their teachers.

  • Work Experience Programme provides our students the opportunities to explore various industries and its working environment. It also allows our students to learn good work values through their assigned mentors. Some of our partners include Koufu Pte Ltd, Fong Yit Kaya Pte Ltd, Cortina Watch Pte Ltd and Bethesda Community Assistance & Relationship Enrichment Centre.

  • Advanced Elective Modules (AEM) are 30-hour or 40-hour courses in applied topics conducted by the Polytechnics. These courses enhance the learning experience of our students through practice-oriented approaches. It offers a wide range of different cluster areas such as Business; Engineering; Information Technology; Media & Design; and Chemical & Life Sciences. AEMs may be considered for Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE) and the DPA exercise. In addition, AEMs may be considered for credit exemption in subjects that are relevant to the student’s subsequent course of study in the polytechnic.

  • Customised Polytechnic Attachment programme is a 2-day attachment that provides opportunity for our students to experience hands-on learning and to explore post-secondary courses that relates to their preferred future career path.

Resources

The ecareers.sg is an online portal that facilitates education and career development among students. This portal aims to help students discover their identity through awareness, exploration and planning.

Click on the link to watch the introductory video on the secondary portal to discover more https://youtu.be/5HdSBr_5-VQ

Additional information for parents:

1.“Parents in Education” Portal. - https://www.schoolbag.sg/

2.ecareers portal - https://ecareers.sg/G_Login_SG/ecareersLogin.asp